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Canadian Lacrosse Association  – OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is currently accepting nominations for theLester B. Pearson Award, one of the highest honours in the Canadian lacrosse community. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 1, 2018.  

The Lester B. Pearson Award, which has been handed out 21 times since its creation in 1973, is presented by the CLA to an individual in recognition of their unselfish dedication and outstanding contributions of sportsmanship and distinguished leadership to the game of lacrosse and to the physical and mental development of young Canadians.

Over the years, this prestigious award has been presented to some of our sports most distinguished volunteers, including legendary coach Jim Bishop (1977), women’s lacrosse pioneer Joanne Stanga (2002), long-time referee John Herd (2010), and former FIL president Stan Cockerton (2010). Ten previous Lester B. Pearson Award winners have also been enshrined in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The following are the minimum criteria for the Lester B. Pearson Award:

·     A long-term involvement of 10 years or more, at least 5 of which are at a national level, as a volunteer;

·     A significant contribution or enhancement or legacy to the game of lacrosse at the national and international level; and

·     Promoted a positive image and respect for the game of lacrosse.

Please consult the nomination form and guidelines below for additional information on the eligibility of nominees.

·     Nomination Form: Lester B Pearson (2018)

All nominations must be submitted by email to Alain Brouillette ( prior to March 1, 2018 in order to be considered. The winner will be presented with their award at the CLA semi-annual meeting in May 2018.

About the Canadian Lacrosse Association 

Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, NormaTec Recovery Systems, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact: 

Alain Brouillette

Communications and Marketing Coordinator 
Canadian Lacrosse Association 
Phone: 613-260-2028 ext. 302